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Tiger Woods Has Back Surgery
ESPNDOTCOM ^ | 1Apr 2014 | Bob Harig

Posted on 04/01/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan

Tiger Woods will miss the Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months, the world's No. 1 player said Tuesday on his website.

It will be the first time in 20 years that Woods will not play in the event.

The microdiscectomy was performed Monday by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah. The statement said Woods will begin "intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment" within a week, and the goal is for him to return to competition "sometime this summer."

(Excerpt) Read more at espn.go.com ...


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Back surgery is a serious thing. Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus' records is looking more and more remote.
1 posted on 04/01/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

He’ll need to take the rehab slowly.

There will be muscle mass loss, and that too, must be taken slowly.

The connective tissue does not regenerate as quickly as the muscle.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 11:39:05 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Rummyfan

But could be mounting a serious attempt at Wilt Chamberlains record?


3 posted on 04/01/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Rummyfan
Back surgery is a serious thing.

Very so for a golfer. May never get close to his form again.

4 posted on 04/01/2014 11:44:02 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Rummyfan

Well, guess I won’t be watching the Masters this year. Unless John Daly is competing for the jacket over the weekend.


5 posted on 04/01/2014 11:45:22 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor
Well, guess I won’t be watching the Masters this year.
Even more reason for me to watch. I despise him.
6 posted on 04/01/2014 11:50:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: thefactor

John Daly is not invited. Unless he wins this weekend...


7 posted on 04/01/2014 11:50:54 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

Is this a result of the extreme conditioning he participated in during his younger years?


8 posted on 04/01/2014 11:52:03 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Rummyfan

Probably affect his pursuit of white women also.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 11:54:31 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Rummyfan

the whole creation called “Tiger Woods” ended when Earl passed away. Jack’s 18 is safe.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Golfers have back problems all the time.

Jack Nicklaus also had back surgery.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 11:58:55 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Rummyfan

I thought he had the surgery a week back.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 12:00:14 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (The. Media. Is.The. Enemy.)
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To: staytrue

How is he the “world’s #1 golfer”? He hasn’t won a major in years and won’t win one this year either.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 12:01:04 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: kingattax
the whole creation called “Tiger Woods” ended when Earl passed away. Jack’s 18 is safe.

I hope so! You know Jack finished second in majors 19 times I believe, eight times by one shot. Over twenty some years. It's an incredible record for consistency.

14 posted on 04/01/2014 12:02:59 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Carl LaFong

He didn’t have it a week back, he had it FOR a WEAK back!!!! Get it????


15 posted on 04/01/2014 12:04:33 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Rummyfan

for many reasons, Jack was, is, and will be the greatest golfer ever — period.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 12:05:09 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax

One of my favorite Nicklaus stories... He won The Open at Baltusrol in 1980. That Sunday was also one of his kids’ birthdays, so the celebratory US Open victory dinner was at a McDonald’s in New Jersey.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 12:09:31 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: oh8eleven
Well, guess I won’t be watching the Masters this year.

Even more reason for me to watch. I despise him.

I'm just curious as to why, is it because he dared to behave so much like all the athletes, showing one face to the public and another in private? Would it be different if he was a basketball or football player instead, because lying and infidelity is expected from them? I think it's okay for us to dislike anyone, hell were only human, but I have say I find the Tiger hate a little amusing.

18 posted on 04/01/2014 12:09:43 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Rummyfan

Jack Nicklaus is a 100% class act — something Eldrick never had.


19 posted on 04/01/2014 12:10:57 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: massgopguy

Woods won four times last year. Granted no majors but at least one WGC tournament. Was still Number 1 on the money list. With the majors being split among four golfer who didn’t do much else.... Voila, he’s still Number 1!


20 posted on 04/01/2014 12:12:28 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

Good.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 12:13:27 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: FreedomGuru

It’s not the pursuit of the white women, it’s what he does after he catches them that threw out his back.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 12:13:33 PM PDT by taillightchaser (I'm going to become a criminal so I can keep my guns.)
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To: massgopguy

Because he won 5 tournaments last year. The world golf rankings are very complex. The wins become less valuable each week, and eventually roll of the two year rolling time period. A win a year ago is worth 50% of a win today, but it is still worth something. Most of Woods’ five victories are less than a year old, so they’re still relatively valuable.


23 posted on 04/01/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Mastador1
but I have say I find the Tiger hate a little amusing.

It's not "hate" in my case. I'm just sick of hearing about him. I am particularly sick of hearing the fawning and slobbering of the sports commentariat over Tiger every time he manages to sink an 8-foot putt for birdie. It is tiresome and unfair to the many fine golfers on the tour.

24 posted on 04/01/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Rummyfan

Wow...back surgery leading to ‘missing’ The Masters. It’s a wonder the powers-to be didn’t cancel or at least reschedule this year’s Masters to accomodate his return.


25 posted on 04/01/2014 12:17:19 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: staytrue
Golfers have back problems all the time.
Jack Nicklaus also had back surgery.

Fred Couples has been plagued with back problems for decades.

26 posted on 04/01/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: Mastador1

I used to joke that I was related to Tiger Woods because my mom’s maiden name was Woods.


27 posted on 04/01/2014 12:23:33 PM PDT by real saxophonist (More Cowbell.)
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To: Cincinatus
It's not "hate" in my case. I'm just sick of hearing about him. I am particularly sick of hearing the fawning and slobbering of the sports commentariat over Tiger every time he manages to sink an 8-foot putt for birdie. It is tiresome and unfair to the many fine golfers on the tour.

Well since I dropped Dish and commercial TV, I haven't watched too much golf lately. That being said I distinctly recall the commentators and cameras spending much more time on other players who were playing better, as it should be. I feel the same way about people that go over board for athletes like Kobe and others, but I don't despise those players. I personally find this idol worship of someone who has a particular skill set asinine, but that's just me.

28 posted on 04/01/2014 12:25:08 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Huskrrrr

Probably from juicing...


29 posted on 04/01/2014 12:29:22 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: Cincinatus

You mean the ones that say
Tiger had a great today at the Masters shooting a 72. He is tied for fourth, 4 strokes behind the leader. He had a boogie but a great chip shot out of the bunker at 12 and a blah blah. by the way, some guy named bob is in first place


30 posted on 04/01/2014 12:38:36 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Huskrrrr

Very likely true. We will wear out our body parts, over time, from over use. Furthermore, the injurious outcomes will sometimes prevail.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 12:45:44 PM PDT by Banjoguy
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I'm just curious as to why ...
As a golfer, I never liked his attitude.
Yeah, he's good ... even great ... but I never liked his "hurray for me and screw you" attitude even from Day 1 when I watched him win the amateur title.
His personal failings didn't surprise me at all. Character is what you do when no one is watching. He has no character, just ego.
BTW, I'm also a SF Giants fan (since they were in NYC) and I despised Barry Bonds too, regardless of how many games he helped them win.
32 posted on 04/01/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Rummyfan

I thought Elin got his spine in the divorce?


33 posted on 04/01/2014 1:03:59 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: oh8eleven

What oh8eleven says.

The tourney will be better as we we’ll be spared the endless coverage of what is doing even though he’s 10 strokes off the lead.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 1:11:25 PM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: al baby

Mounting? Oh,no, you didn’t!


35 posted on 04/01/2014 1:13:43 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: al baby

lol, good one :)) how many thousand women did The Stilt claim to have bedded??


36 posted on 04/01/2014 1:14:14 PM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Rummyfan

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/microdiscectomy-microdecompression-spine-surgery

If this is really what’s ailing him, he’ll come back better than ever.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 1:18:38 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Mastador1

Jack and Arnie both had chipees on the tour. Period. I don’t get the Tiger hate either.

He’s a prodigy. The things he’s been able to do in the short time he’s had to do it are historic. There was a time where he was so dominant, every tournament he was in was a battle for second.

The hate extends to the ‘Tiger’ slam too. He was, at the same period of time, defending champ of all four majors. Not sure if Hogan pulled that off, but that’s pretty impressive.

I watched an Auzzie win his first this weekend in the Texas Open, and got a feel for what it took to win just one. He’s won 79, and 14 majors.

Ben Hogan came back from a MAJOR auto accident and won majors before they were called majors. Arnie and Jack are legends, as is Gary Player, and even Lee Trevino (Fred Couples before there was a Fred Couples).

Tiger doesn’t have the personality of Chi Chi Rodriguez, but he’s a great champion.

Oh, and every PGA player, Champion’s Tour Player, and LPGA Player has benefitted for the market his dominance created in the 1990’s. The purses are unbelievable now.

Because nobody here has every made bad decisions before. Anyway, Tiger (and Phil) are pretty terrific.

Oh, and Phil (and his wife) weren’t exactly as pure as the driven snow either. Doesn’t mean he isn’t a great champion and scary good.

I remember when VJ Singh took all that crap for telling it like it was when Annika Sorenstam was going to do a ‘Billie Jean King’ with the PGA tour. He warned everyone that doing such a thing wasn’t going to serve anybody, least of all Sorenstam.

It did serve one positive thing: It showed that even a LPGA golfer so dominant that they are going to build a wing for her on the LPGA Hall of Fame for couldn’t hold a candle to even the weakest guys on the PGA tour.

What these PGA guys do in a three day tournament to win that thing is incredible, and more so because they make it look easy. It’s ballet, with sunlight, fairways, azaleas, and gorgeous water features. It’s better because there’s no script, and no understudies, and no subjectivity.

And everybody, anybody, who can rent a set of clubs can feel what its like by connecting on one decent drive down a fairway on any muni, on any Saturday. You can connect to it by sinking any put outside 8 feet that has a break, no matter how old you get.

If baseball is the most human of games, wherein anyone who fails at the plate 2/3rds of the time is an all-star, then golf is the game that is perhaps the least. It’s played on your honor, without umpires for the most part, and requires superhuman standards of self-control just to be ‘Par’.

I love golf, even though what I perpetrate can’t be justified as golf by any objective measurement. They worst guys in the panel in Golf Magazine testing new drivers have a 23 handicap. I was offended they couldn’t find a few guys who were doing well to break 100, which would be a ‘red polo shirt’ event for me.

So, if Babe Ruth is still the gold standard in baseball, a man with Tiger’s flaws will probably stand up pretty well when he’s long past.

After all, the President back in Ruth’s day didn’t have his batting average, which is why he made so much more than the President.

14 majors and 79 wins. A Master’s, at 21, won by a margin of 12 strokes. 12 strokes. At Augusta, the place where Greg Norman led by 5 on Sunday and lost by 2.

Sorry, I don’t understand the Tiger haters either.


38 posted on 04/01/2014 1:19:55 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: staytrue

Nicklaus had hip replacement. So did Tom Watson. Golf can be very hard on the body.


39 posted on 04/01/2014 1:20:11 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: RinaseaofDs
Jack and Arnie both had chipees on the tour. Period.

I've heard all about Palmer, but no dirt on Jack.

40 posted on 04/01/2014 1:22:10 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

Not nearly the invasive coverage, nor the money and perks. Lots of travel without the kids and the wife.

Even today that sort of thing is pretty common, but out of privacy it isn’t reported.

Tiger pissed off the press, and the press pissed all over the golden goose.

PGA revenue is off, Ad revenue is down, etc.

People don’t learn.


41 posted on 04/01/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Huskrrrr
Is this a result of the extreme conditioning he participated in during his younger years?

When he was a teenager and playing in a local amateur tournament (I think the Dixie Amateur), one of the local stations got a video of him hitting a drive, clutching his back and collapsing to the ground. I didn't think he would have much of a career.

42 posted on 04/01/2014 1:29:17 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Huskrrrr
Is this a result of the extreme conditioning he participated in during his younger years?

you mean with the HgH and testosterone? Probably. Funny thing about those PEDs, ya always end up paying the piper. Nothing is free.

43 posted on 04/01/2014 1:35:42 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Let’s not forget Sam Sneed.


44 posted on 04/01/2014 1:52:49 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: WellyP

Who can forget Sam Sneed?

Golf is such a great tradition, with such great characters.


45 posted on 04/01/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Rummyfan

This raises an interesting situation. Tiger is currently 44th on the Ryder Cup points list. He might be back in time for the British Open, and probably back for the PGA Championship. Unless he wins one of those, he probably won’t make the team. So the question is, if you’re captain Tom Watson, do you use a captain’s pick on Tiger?


46 posted on 04/01/2014 2:43:23 PM PDT by killer_rat
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To: ResisTyr

I met wilt on many occasion did the stereos in all his cars way back in the day the guy was a sex addict big time he would hit on every chick he came in contact with he was pretty funny dude too


47 posted on 04/01/2014 4:47:30 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Mastador1

I must be a real jerk I still like tiger his infidelity was his bidness


48 posted on 04/01/2014 5:20:19 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Cincinatus

I would guess that the golf talking heads will still worship at the Alter of Elderick. I expect some to be near tears.


49 posted on 04/01/2014 5:20:26 PM PDT by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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I must be a real jerk I still like tiger his infidelity was his bidness

I just don't get personally invested in these guys, I mean it's not like their family. The golfer I had always enjoyed was Lee Trevino, great player and a lot of fun!

50 posted on 04/01/2014 5:42:43 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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